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Friday, 3 November 2017

Bernini by James Marcus Schuyler

Not one of the first, the inventors, the wonder-workers,
Yet, water-born, he took what was theirs and there
And from it worked his own:
Let fountaining water fall among figures
Gesturing freely as the water sketched
At the height of its jet,
Changed jets to obelisks,
Bubbled the fish-scale domes,
Made doorways and windows bloom like lotuses
On the water-flat faces of palaces,
Cast, like a net’s cork floats, a colonnade around St. Peter’s fountain.

From the blown conch-shell water foams
In the tangled, stony water world of Bernini’s Rome.


Date: 2010 (published)

By: James Marcus Schuyler (1923-1991)